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Student uses essay to call out flaws in BMI measurement

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An Indiana student’s essay on using a person’s Body Mass Index as the main indicator for health is making waves in social media.

The eighth-grader was given an assignment to draft an essay about what BMI is, and then to calculate and share her own number.

Her answer, shared by a family friend on Facebook, instead tackled the validity of the measurement.

The student questioned how BMIs do not distinguish between fat and muscle or account for different body types.

She also questioned why a school should use the number, saying it is a “setting where students are already self-conscious and lacking confidence in their unique bodies.”

The student continued that she had previously met with her doctor about weight, as she was having “bad thoughts” about her body despite being very athletic.

She said the doctor is fine with her health and activity, which prompted her to not report a BMI number, since her doctor “a man who went to college for eight years studying children’s health” told her she is fine in terms of her height and weight.”

She wrapped her essay by letting her teacher know that the BMI number was “none of your concern” and that “my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are.”

The student’s story struck a chord with many online, becoming a popular story on sites like Upworthy, Mashable and Newser.

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